Hi, I am Brandy Monge and we are here at CrossFit Queens. As the head coach of CrossFit Queens. I am also our client's personal trainer. And today I am going to tell you what it takes to be one.As a personal trainer you help people get fit, lose weight and establish a healthy lifestyle or you help athletes excel in their sport. Your clientele will vary with your workplace. Personal trainers work not only at gyms or health clubs. Many of us offer their services to tourists on cruises or in resorts. Others are involved in corporate fitness or online training.In order to become a personal trainer you will need a degree in physical exercise or a similar area. Obtaining a certification is another way to start a career in this field. If you choose the later, make sure you go to an organization that is nationally recognized and accredited. If you would like to work for a specific employer like a health club, ask the manager what certification they favor.According to a survey of the American Council on Exercise the average annual income of Personal Trainers ranged from 45.000 to 55.000 in 2010. However if your a independent personal coach with a good reputation and solid number of clients your income can be significantly higher. Being a personal trainer isn't only about training people but also about creating your own brand. The more successful you want to become the more time and effort you have to put into a clever marketing strategy.Same thing is true for your ongoing education. One certification doesn't do the trick. The fitness and health industry is constantly changing and developing new trends at a very high pace every year. Stay up on your toes by obtaining continuing education certs. So you can offer your clients always advice based on the latest scientific research and teach them state of the art training techniques.A personal trainer must have a understanding as well as pushing personality. You want to be the friendly authority that owns expertise as well as manners. You also need to know when and how you can push your clients far out of their comfort zone to ensure that they make progress.Since you will have to work within the means of your clients' schedule your days usually won't end always at the same time. And before you go to bed, you need to plan the future workout routines for your clients or take care for billing and other formal work that comes with running your own business.Being a personal trainer means your are the first line of defense in regards of health problems such as diabetes, morbid obesity, and coronary diseases. You can also guide an athletic talent to its full blossom. In other words as a personal trainer you can make a difference in peoples lives. If you would like to learn more about becoming a personal trainer, visit About.com.